Henry Carter Adams was a professor and long-time chair of Economics at Michigan. He joined our faculty in 1881 and retired in 1921. In 1896-97, he was the fourth president of the American Economic Association, the principal organization of professional economists in the United States.
The Henry Carter Adams Prize is awarded to the “best undergraduate paper in economics,” written during the relevant semester. Any undergraduate student enrolled in an economics course is eligible for nomination by their faculty instructor.
When awarding the prize, emphasis is placed on clear and original arguments, credible support for arguments, consistent and engaging voice, and absence of stylistic distractions. Recipients receive a cash prize and are recognized at the Undergraduate Honors & Prizes Ceremony the year they graduate.